Mommy 2.0

Hey! I’ve been lost in some treadmilly fog of trying to get things done in the past week. The halloween candy combination of the time change, the realities of the kids in school, and the husband being home from tour have all been building up. While it’s so great to have him home, he looks at me weird when I spend more then 6 hours in a row in front of the laptop. He’ll say, “What are you DOING?”

And I’m all, “Oh, first I called Barack Obama’s headquarters, you know to try to get tickets to the inaugural ball, and then there are these crafters in St. Louis I was checking out, then I had to read the BBC, then it was time for Gawker, then I Tweeted for a little bit- then, there was like this really funny Facebook status- OMG, I’ll email it to you..and that Ralph Nader? Is a piece of work…” By this time, my head is deep back in the laptop screen, collecting bits of information that may or not ever prove any use.

Him: “I’M RIGHT HERE. You don’t need to e-mail me.”

Me: “Oh. Right.”

It’s a strange world, this virtual connection to many people that I may or may not meet in real life. Actually, the more people I meet off-screen that I first knew virtually, the more I recognize and appreciate the authenticity of these connections, the work people do in putting parts of themselves out there to share with the universe.

It reminds me of how, as writers, we’re always being told “Show, don’t tell.” For example, it’s much better to say “2 lonely crumbs stared dolefully from the bottom of the box, reminding her of her folly.” Then, “Susie hated it when she ate too much.”

When fellow bloggers and tweeters take a virtual slice out of their life and put it forth, I sometimes think I learn more in 140 characters or less than I would if I came and slept on your floor and spent a few days with you. There’s a suspension of the usual formalities, an assumption that we must all be somewhat on the same page or we wouldn’t have found each other.

Mostly it’s right, sometimes it turns into Twitteruptions as seen the past few days as Election tensions ran high, and people realized maybe they weren’t all for the same guy. But I’ve been impressed by the level of civil discourse, and gratified by how much I learn every day from you guys. I used to read 2 newspapers a day avidly, now I go to Twitter to see what’s what. I don’t feel less informed either, oddly. When I read newspapers, I tended to get really sucked into the awful stories of what people are capable of doing to each other. When I’m really engaged in Social Media, I tend to be awed by how much we all do for each other.

What about you? How has life in the Blogosphere changed your information acquisition, and what kind of authenticity engages you?

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Comments (6)

  1. Issa Thursday - 06 / 11 / 2008 Reply
    I adore Twitter and Blogging. Some days though, I just have to step away from the computer and be in my real life. Which is sometimes fun and sometimes not worth it. ;) blogging....well I did it before and left and then came back. And now, I'm not sure why I ever left it. I just adore the people I've "met" online. I have found that you can get better and faster news from Twitter than I ever could looking for it all myself. Issa’s last blog post..Thursday funny....
  2. Susan Thursday - 06 / 11 / 2008 Reply
    Chris and I email each other stuff all the time. He gets in my grill about being too absorbed in blogness, but he's sooooo not one to talk. Hello, Slashdot junky husband, come up for air much?
  3. mrsbear Friday - 07 / 11 / 2008 Reply
    Followed over from the HASAY mailing list. Is it sad that I am making more genuine connections via the internet than I do on a regular basis in my real life? You said it so well, there is an honesty in blogging you don't find readily in day to day meetings. You've got to love that. mrsbear’s last blog post..Pretty Good for Four Kids
  4. Mary Jenkins Saturday - 08 / 11 / 2008 Reply
    If it weren't for blogs, I wouldn't have anything to talk about with other adults. Blogs are full of such amazing and true stories. Much better than fiction. I enjoyed sharing stories I've read with my hubby and friends. Mary Jenkins’s last blog post..The Perfect Gift For Women: Giveaway!
  5. Casey Monday - 10 / 11 / 2008 Reply
    I have become completely entrenched in my blog and I'm not sure I can keep it up! I love blogging and reading but it's cutting into my real life. I get the strange husband looks too, when mine works from home I feel like I have to spend time away from the blog (when the kids are sleeping) or he'll have me committed. How's HASAY going for you? Casey’s last blog post..Club Half As Small As You: Week 4
  6. Sue @ My Party of 6 Thursday - 13 / 11 / 2008 Reply
    Wow - so WELL said! I too turn to twitter/other social media for my news and find it more informative and fulfilling. I do find it much harder to shut off though, because it's interactive, and I love the dialogue. I can put down the newspaper and it's exactly the same 3 hours later. Sue @ My Party of 6’s last blog post..Take back the night

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